If you’re in the mood for something that you could have on in the background just as easily as you could in a grubby after-party somewhere, then head off the beaten funk path and listen to a recent release from Funk Ferret, ‘Something Like That’.
This funky little number demonstrates an impressive display of hip-hop sampling overlaying a classic, slow, nu-funk jam.
The beginning of the track is a pleasant warm up and gives you an idea of what to expect for the bulk of the record. Down the road, at around two and a half minutes in, a brief but well-chosen change in tune arrives in the form of a clearer melody, before the constant, tech-sounding foundation that appears throughout the song (as well as the short sampling) resumes with a vengeance.
This includes East Coast hip-hop group Beatnuts’ ‘Hot’, as well as Kurtis Blow’s ‘The Breaks’.
The New Zealand based DJ released this a couple of weeks ago, and excitingly for fans, is currently working on a new EP, which will be his first full compilation of tracks.
He has already released on labels such as Ghetto Funk, Booty Fruit, Boogie Boutique and Budabeats over a 10 year career so far, and 2015 looks set to be busier than ever with a new website and Facebook page.
Definitely head over to the SoundCloud as well for some quality free downloads and some brilliant older mixes that span a diverse range of modern funk sub-genres, including synth funk, nu-disco and ‘electric swamp funk’.